The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Decline and Fall

Marcus Aurelius. “I devoured Gibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all. I scribbled all my opinions on the margins of the pages, and very soon found myself a vehement partisan of the author against the disparagements of his pompous-pious editor.” — Winston Churchill, My Early Life A six-volume […]

George H.W. Bush, R.I.P.

  The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones . . . Former President George Herbert Walker Bush will be universally praised in the wake of his death because it is always the policy of liberals to celebrate the dead Republicans they formerly defamed, as a means […]

The Banality of Liberalism

  This photo, showing SS men and female auxiliaries (Helferinnen, “helpers”) is from an album collected during World War II by Karl Hoecker, a top SS officer at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The photo was taken in 1944 at Solahütte, “a little-known resort for the Nazi German guards, administrators, and auxiliary personnel” […]

Jim Jones, Harvey Milk and the Weird Cult of ‘Revolutionary Suicide’

Daniel J. Flynn and his new book, ‘Cult City.’ A strange and chilling saga: Thanksgiving, 1978 was bookended by two of the most bizarre and notorious events in American history. On November 18 in Guyana, hundreds of members of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple committed mass suicide, or were murdered. Over the next few days, news […]

Reading Samizdat

  One of my habits — perhaps not a good habit, but valuable to my career as a journalist — is studying the radical fringe. This is part of what I learned from Hunter S. Thompson‘s career. If you want to know where society is heading in the future, pay attention to what is being […]

New Must-Read Book: ‘Cult City’

Daniel J. Flynn and his new book, ‘Cult City.’ Daniel J. Flynn is one of my favorite authors. His 2008 book, A Conservative History of the American Left, is a classic, and now he’s published an important new history, Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco: I toiled over my […]

The TrigglyPuff Party: How Democrats Created Insane ‘Social Justice’ Mobs

  Commenting on the irrational female rage unleashed by the Kavanaugh confirmation circus, Stephen Green remarks: “The Democrats have worked hard to lock down the Trigglypuff vote, but at what cost of even slightly more moderate voters?” But do such voters really exist? We are more than 25 years into a cycle of increasing polarization […]

American History 101: No, Emma Lazarus Did Not Write the U.S. Constitution

  How many times have you heard the “nation of immigrants” line deployed by the advocates of amnesty and open borders? How often have you seen liberals (including some Republicans) invoke the Statue of Liberty, and the famous words about the “wretched refuse,” as somehow mandating a policy of unrestricted immigration? This involves a synthetic […]

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